January 10 Energy News

January 10, 2020


¶ “GM And LG Chem’s 30+ GWh Ohio Battery Gigafactory Highlights Rapid EV Industry Progress” • A month ago, GM and LG Chem announced a joint venture to build a 30+ GWh battery factory in Ohio, and drive down battery costs in the process. The announcement shows clearly how much and how quickly the EV industry has changed. [CleanTechnica]

Cadillac EV

¶ “New Coal-Killing Energy Storage Challenge Also Dings Natural Gas” • It’s no secret that the Trump Administration has presided over the collapse of the US coal industry, but do they have to rub it in? Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette announced an  initiative to push the energy storage envelope farther into coal-killing territory. It will ding gas too. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Enel Green Power Smashes 3-GW Annual Capacity Mark” • Enel Green Power installed more than 3 GW of renewables worldwide in 2019, reaching a total managed capacity of around 46 GW. The 3029 MW deployed last year was a record for the Italian developer, beating the previous best set in 2018 by around 190 MW. [reNEWS]

Enel GP wind farm (Enel Green Power image)

¶ “News Corp Employee Lashes Climate ‘Misinformation’ In Bushfire Coverage With Blistering Email” • A senior News Corp employee has accused the company of “misinformation” and diverting attention from climate change during the bushfire crisis in an explosive all-staff email addressed to executive chairman Michael Miller. [The Guardian]

¶ “Saudi Arabia Awaits Bids For 1.2 GW Of Solar In Third Renewables Round” • The Saudi Arabia’s energy ministry’s Renewable Energy Project Development Office released a request for qualifications for 1.2 GW of solar capacity. The Kingdom’s goal is to have 27.3 GW of renewables capacity by 2024 and 58.7 GW by 2030. [Renewables Now]

Solar power plant in Saudi Arabia (ACWA Power image)

¶ “Mercedes/BMW Ride-Hailing Group “Free Now” Buys 60 Tesla Automobiles” • Free Now is a mobility service owned by Mercedes and BMW jointly. A Handlesblatt report says Free Now decided to expand its fleet of electric taxis in Germany and will begin by adding 60 Teslas to its fleet of cars in Hamburg, where Free Now has its headquarters. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “ACWA Power Steps Into Azerbaijan With 240-MW Wind Project” • Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power has clinched a deal with the government of Azerbaijan to develop, build, and operate a 240-MW wind park in the former Soviet republic. Azerbaijan has a goal of diversifying its energy mix, reducing the its reliance on oil and gas. [Renewables Now]

Wind turbine (ACWA image)

¶ “Over 150 GW Of Renewable Energy Projects Installed Or In Pipeline” • India now has over 150 GW of renewable energy generation capacity either installed or in pipeline, data shared by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy shows. There are 84.40 GW of installed renewable capacity, 36.68 GW being built, and 29.58 GW tendered. [EnergyInfraPost]

¶ “France Will Not Decide On New Nuclear Reactors Before End Of 2022” • The French government, which has asked state-controlled utility EDF to look into the feasibility of building six reactors, said it would not decide whether to go ahead before the end of 2022. The Energy Minister said France will shut down 14 old nuclear reactors as planned. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Nuclear power plant

¶ “Bill De Blasio And Sadiq Khan Want Your City To Dump Fossil Fuels” • The mayors of New York and London have an urgent message to the world’s cities: Ditch your fossil fuel investments now to avert a climate catastrophe. The leaders unveiled what amounted to how-to kits that would help mayors of other cities to divest from fossil fuel investments. [CNN]


¶ “Bogus Basin Pledges To Use Solely Renewable Energy In 2020” • Bogus Basin Ski Resort will be using renewable energy in 2020. The nonprofit ski resort, 20 miles north of Boise, will buy an estimated 3,592 MWh of renewably sourced energy from Idaho Power this year, a press release from the utility company and Bogus Basin says. [Idaho Press-Tribune]

Bogus Basin Ski Resort (Bogus Basin image)

¶ “Trump Announces Overhaul Of Landmark Environmental And Climate Rules” • President Donald Trump announced changes to National Environmental Policy Act rules, which requires federal agencies to assess the environmental impact of projects such as the construction of mines, highways, water infrastructure and gas pipelines. [CNN]

¶ “Under Fire For Use Of Coal, Tri-State To Accelerate Closure Of Plants, Mine In Colorado And New Mexico” • With growing pressure to reduce dependence on coal, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association plans to close two coal-fired power plants and a coal mine in Colorado and New Mexico. Critics say it is not enough. [Loveland Reporter-Herald]

Craig Station (Helen H Richardson | The Denver Post)

¶ “San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay Officially Switch To Renewable Energy Program” • Two cities on California’s Central Coast are switching to renewable energy. San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay are the first of the local municipalities joining Monterey Bay Community Power in January 2020. Other cities are expected to ‘flip the switch’ next year. [KEYT]

¶ “Renewable Energy Hits ‘Transmission’ Wall In The Midwest” • Several large renewable power projects have abandoned plans to go online in the Upper Midwest because the region’s electricity grid is too congested. With massive amounts of wind power waiting to come online at the same time as coal is going offline, it’s clear that action is needed. [Toolbox]

Have a perfectly pleasant day.

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